Linguistic and Social Aspects of Hate Speech in Modern Societies


March 22, 2021 – March 23, 2021 all-day
Andrea Kleene

Date: 22-Mar-2021 – 23-Mar-2021
Location: Odense, Denmark
Contact Person: Andrea Kleene

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2020

Due to the current pandemic situation the conference has been postponed. The new dates of the conference are 22-23 March, 2021. Visit our website for more details:

Hate speech and offensive language is a widespread phenomenon in modern societies. Hate speech can be roughly defined as any communication that attacks individuals or groups “on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, language, religion or belief, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics or status” (Council of Europe 2016). However, still relatively little is known about the linguistic and communicative mechanisms underlying the expression and perception of hate speech.

This conference aims to fill in a few of these gaps and shed light on various linguistic and social aspects of current manifestations of hate speech, providing an international forum for researchers working in the field.

It is organized by the members of the Velux-project “Towards Balance and Boundaries in Public Discourse: Expressing and Perceiving Online Hate Speech (XPEROHS)”.

Invited speakers are Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University) and Jörg Meibauer (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz).

Call for Papers:

NEW: Due to the Corona Pandemic, the conference will be organized as a hybrid event: In any case, you can participate online. At the same time we hope to welcome all those who want to/may travel to Odense in person. Technical details will follow.

We invite extended abstracts for long talks (800 word abstract) or short abstracts for shorter talks (400 word abstract). Long talks will be allocated a slot of 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. The shorter ones are limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Submission deadline: 16 November, 2020
Submission link:

Notification of acceptance: 30 December, 2020

There is no conference fee!